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Chinese homebuyers look at models of apartment buildings during a real estate fair in Haikou City in China's Hainan province on Nov. 29. According to a recent survey, China's housing prices fell on a monthly basis for the seventh straight month in November, with the market yet to feel the full impact of an interest rate cut. The average price of a new home in China's 100 major cities was 10,589 yuan ($1,736) per square metre in November, down 0.38 percent from October, according to the China Index Academy.
Niu shupei/Imaginechina via AP Images Chinese homebuyers look at models of apartment buildings during a real estate fair in Haikou City in China's Hainan province on Nov. 29. According to a recent survey, China's housing prices fell on a monthly basis for the seventh straight month in November, with the market yet to feel the full impact of an interest rate cut. The average price of a new home in China's 100 major cities was 10,589 yuan ($1,736) per square metre in November, down 0.38 percent from October, according to the China Index Academy.


From the Magazine: Vancouver-based Patkau Architects brings steel, concrete, and rigorous lines to a windswept cliffside site on Quadra island in British Columbia. [ARCHITECT]

Quote of the Day: "Like the corporate campus and plaza it shares, 1 World Trade speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban priorities. It’s what happens when a commercial developer is pretty much handed the keys to the castle. Tourists will soon flock to the top of the building, and tenants will fill it up. But a skyscraper doesn't just occupy its own plot of land. Even a tower with an outsize claim on the civic soul needs to be more than tall and shiny." —Critic Michael Kimmelman [The New York Times]

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One of the coolest MRT(subway) shelter I've seen so far ???? #alwayslookingup

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Six More Stories for Monday:  

Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee dissects the allure of Japanese architecture. [Boston Globe]

Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, is designing a digital billboard in London for global advertising firm JCDecaux. [Dezeen]

A three-part series offers a glimpse into architecture and immigration in Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign aims to introduce teens to architecture and urban design. [The Tennessean]

British architectural historian and preservationist Hermione Hobhouse died at 80. [The Guardian]

Popular building-warping puzzle game Monument Valley released IDA'S (RED) DREAM, its final level. Sales contribute to the (RED) initiative to fight AIDS.

Awards: Enter Now!

The AIA's COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + Awards recognize innovative projects that incorporate sustainable design strategies, while educating the profession and the public about the increased value of buildings that protect the environment. Submissions are due Jan. 26.

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